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In pictures: 10 key battles to watch in France’s legislative vote

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Text by Romain BRUNET

Latest update : 2017-06-18

There is little doubt French President Emmanuel Macron’s party will obtain an overwhelming majority in Sunday’s legislative vote, but a handful of very close, or very symbolic, races will be the focus of intense scrutiny on election night.

Will third time be a charm for far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who has failed to win a parliamentary seat in two previous elections? Will the firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon become the hard left’s leading voice at the National Assembly?

Can former French prime minister Manuel Valls save his seat without the backing of either the Socialist Party or Macron’s La République en Marche! (LREM, previously known as ‘En Marche!’) party? Will leading LREM figure Richard Ferrand win his race despite influence-peddling accusations that could become the first major stain of Macron’s tenure?

These are some of the big questions political observers and ordinary voters are asking ahead of France’s second-round legislative election on June 18.

Upstart LREM candidates are expected to win up to four-fifths of seats in parliament, and several established politicians are fighting for their political life. FRANCE 24 takes a look at 10 important legislative election face-offs.

All figures listed below are the candidate’s results for the first round of the legislative elections that were held on June 11.

Date created : 2017-06-16

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